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1 Litre of Tears (movie)
Alternative Titles :１リットルの涙, A Diary with Tears, Ichi Rittoru no Namida, One Litre of Tears, 一公升的眼泪 Cast : Oonishi Asae, Kato Kazuko, Matsukane Yoneko, Ashikawa Yoshimi, Torii Kaori
Description : After the tears are shed, a new day begins... Adapted from the same-titled novel, 1 Litre of Tears is based on the true story about a girl's long fight with an incurable disease. A collection of her diary entries, chronicling her experiences and passion and perseverance for life, were published in 1986, and the book immediately became a bestseller. Her inspiring story was adapted into both a hit TV series starring Sawajiri Erika and a moving film directed by Okamura Riki. Promising new actress Asae Onishi stars as the film's tragic heroine, while Kazuko Kato portrays her supportive mother. Keep the tissue box near, as 1 Litre of Tears promises to touch the hearts of viewers with its tragic story and universal sentiments. One day on her way to school, middle school student Aya (Asae Onishi) suddenly falls to the ground. The doctor diagnoses her with spinocerebellar degeneration, a rare and incurable neurological disease. Entering high school, Aya's condition continues to worsen as physical movements become more difficult. Forced to attend a special boarding school, she nonetheless finds hope and happiness through the support of her new friends and family. Working hard, she completes her high school education and bravely begins a new stage in her life, despite her weak health and continuous trips to the hospital. Aya never gives up, living each day of her life to the fullest until the very end.
1,778 Stories of Me and My Wife
Description : Based on an inspirational true love story. Sakutaro (Tsuyoshi Kusanagi), a science fiction writer, meets Setsuko (Yuko Takeuchi) in high school, and they eventually marry. Setsuko complains about stomach pains and finds out that she has colon cancer. Hearing that laughter could help, Sakutaro composes a story each day his wife lives. In total, he made 1,778 stories.
10 Promises To My Dog
Alternative Titles :Inu to watashi no 10 no yakusoku, 犬と私の１０の約束, 狗狗與我的10個約定, 狗狗與我的十個約定 Cast : Toyokawa Etsushi, Kase Ryo, Fukuda Mayuko, Tanaka Rena
Description : One day a puppy comes to the house of Akari, who has just turned twelve, and was trying hard to act strong after her mother suddenly fell ill. She immediately falls in love with the puppy and names it "Socks" after the paws which looked like they had white socks on. Akari was together with Socks day and night. However, as Akari grows up, her feelings and interest moves away from Socks. Year by year, their distance grows, which also leads to her physical distance as she moves to a far off city, and must leave Socks behind to a childhood friend.One day Akari remembers the 10 promises that she had made with Socks and her deceased mother...
20th Century Boys 2: The Last Hope
Description : Set 15 years after "Twentieth Century Boys," Kanna (Airi Taira) reunites with several main characters from the first film in an attempt to stop Friend's increasing influence over the world and continued plans to eliminate humanity, as detailed in the New Book of Prophecy.
20th Century Boys 3: Redemption
Description : The year is 2017 and three years since Friend has governed the world with his Friendship Democratic Party. A destructive virus has hit Tokyo and the government builds a gigantic wall to quarantine the city. Friend makes the revelation that on August 12th at 12:00 the human race will be destroyed by aliens. The only people who will survive are true believers of Friend ? The resistance continues their battle against the Friendship government. Ocho (Etsushi Toyokawa) discovers Kanna (Airi Taira) has separated from Yoshitsune (Teruyuki Kagawa) & his resistance group. Kanna plans to start a more radical resistance group that will arm themselves heavily. Meanwhile, Kenji (Toshiaki Karasawa) enters the divided city of Tokyo ...
26 Years Diary
Alternative Titles :Anata wo Wasurenai, あなたを忘れない, 无法忘记你, 너를 잊지 않을 거야 Cast : Lee Tae Sung, Maki Onaga, Hara Hideko
Description : The film details the 26-year-old Korean student's experiences in Japan, including going to school and his developing romance with a Japanese student (Mākii). He died on January 21, 2001, along with a Japanese photographer, Shiro Sekine, while both were trying to save the life of a man who had fallen onto the tracks at the Shin-Ōkubo Station in Tokyo.
Description : Aspiring actresses Nozomi (Koike) and Rana (Nonami) belong to the same talent agency, share an apartment, and have just auditioned for the same part in a film called Yakuza Wives. Nozomi is a country girl from Sado Island, who has come to Tokyo with big dreams of becoming an actress, while Rana’s sharp tongue and flashy appearance is completely at odds with soft spoken, demure Nozomi. Waiting for the phone call that will decide their future, petty arguments escalate into hysterical violence, bringing the girls’ hatred of one another to the surface as they confront the reality of their empty, unfulfilled lives. Their bizarre conflict with each other includes electrocute, drown, fisticuffs, cutting tools, and even kissing.
Alternative Titles :69 sixty nine, Shikkusutinain, sixty nine Cast : Mizukawa Asami, Tsumabuki Satoshi, Ando Masanobu, Kanai Yuta, Ota Rina
Description : Based on Ryū Murakami's novel. The story takes place in 1969 in Sasabo, Nagasaki, where high school students Ken and Adama hope to challenge traditional beliefs and rules. Ken, in hope to catch a girl's attention, planned a festival which combines film, theatre and rock music, and developed their project into road-blocking the way to school! This plan however caught the attention of television stations and newspapers, and even cops became involved in this teenage adventure.
700 Days of Battle: Us vs. the Police (2008)
Alternative Titles :700 Days of Battle: Us vs. the Police, Boku tachi to chÃ»zai san no 700 nichi sensô Cast : Sasaki Kuranosuke, Ichihara Hayato, Koyanagi Yu, Aso Kumiko, Takenaka Naoto, Ishida Takuya, Kaku Kento, Ishino Mako, Tomiura Satoshi
Description : Set on the backdrop of 1979 a group of troublemaking teenagers led by Mamachari (Hayato Ichihara) decide to prank Chuzai-san (Kuranosuke Sasaki) the local police officer who caught Mamachari's friend Saijo (Takuya Ishida) for speeding on his scooter, Chuzai-san gets them suspended from school which only causes the teenagers to retaliate, They discover that Chuzai-san is married to an attractive woman named Kanako (Kumiko Aso) only making their pranks worse.
A Chorus of Angels (2012)
Alternative Titles :Kita no Kanariatachi, 北のカナリアたち Cast : Aoi Miyazaki, Sayuri Yoshinaga, Hikari Mitsushima, Toru Nakamura, Kyohei Shibata, Kotaro Satomi, Mirai Moriyama
Description : 20 years ago, an elementary school student falls on an island in the northern tip of Hokkaido. A teacher and 6 students makes contact through songs. What happened to the studen who fell? The teacher returns 20 years later to meet with her former students.
A Gap In The Skin
Description : Japanese ‘pink’ filmmaker Takahisa Zeze directs this highly stylised and almost dialogue-free film, which has its roots in the brutal and erotic but has made the crossover to arthouse cinema. Two young people, Hidenori and Sunako (Kenji Otani and Fujiko), are on the run from the law following Hidenori’s killing of his mother. The two manage to hitch a ride in a passing ice-cream van, but Sunako is assaulted by its driver while bathing in a stream in a forest. They escape through the trees, eventually ending up in a secluded wooden cottage where they hide out, eking out a feral existence by raiding neighbouring gardens. With Hidenori still in a state of shock, Sunako eventually breaks the communication barrier using her body, seducing him in a bathtub full of floating ripe tomatoes. It is a turning point in their relationship, and Hidenori then becomes the sexually dominant partner in this strange relationship. But one day, Hidenori plunges a knife into his stomach, forcing the pair to leave their makeshift haven and seek help in the big city.
A Gentle Breeze In The Village
Description : Eighth-grader Soyo lives in a very small rural village of Japan where the primary and middle school share a building for all of 6 students. They spend a happy childhood together playing around the village. Osawa, a boy from Tokyo, transfers to this school. Soyo and Osawa exchange their first kiss through a small incident and naturally become a couple. Adults have their problems but for children, the festival in summer, hair styles, and the ghost tale about a woman who died on the beach are far more important. There is no glamour but the time of purity passes never to be forgotten. After his previous film The Matsugane Potshot Affair, Nobuhiro Yamashita comes back with a peaceful and warm film. Based on the comics by Kuramochi Husako, the film captures the pure sentiment of children and their maturity that cannot be seen in the city. Beautifully shot summer days deliver its heat to viewers while the director induces sympathy naturally. The film is a must see for audiences who are nostalgic of innocent love and crisp shiny summer days.
A Slit-Mouthed Woman 2
Description : Three sisters grow up on a chicken farm in a small town of Gifu. The oldest sister, Yukie Sawada, is engaged to be married, the middle sister, Sachiko works at a beauty salon and the youngest, Mayu is on the track team in high school.Their happy , carefree lives are changed forever when Yukie’s ex-boyfriend Suzuki commits an atrocious crime with Mayu as the tragic victim. Half-crazed and bent on revenge against the Sawada family, Suzuki mistakes Mayu for Yukie and pours acid all over her face. Overwhelmed by physical and psychological trauma, Mayu sinks deeper into depression and isolation, unresponsive to her sisters’ encouragement…Meanwhile, chilling news of a serial murderer, who preys on the alumni of Mayu’s high school, sends shock waves through their small town...
A Story Of Yonosuke (2013)
Alternative Titles :Yokomichi Yonosuke, 横道世之介 Cast : Kengo Kora, Yuriko Yoshitaka, Sosuke Ikematsu, Ayumi Ito, Gou Ayano
Description : Set in the 1980's, Yonosuke Yokomichi (Kengo Kora) is a college student, with a warm heart, from the port city of Nagasaki. His girlfriend Shoko Yosano (Yuriko Yoshitaka) is the daughter of a company president.
About Evil Woman (2012)
Alternative Titles :Akujo ni Tsuite, 悪女について, About Evil Woman Cast : Erika Sawajiri, Eiichirô Funakoshi, Chizuru Azuma, Kimiko Yo, Yûsuke Kamiji, Takeo Nakahara
Description : "Akujo ni Tsuite" depicts the life of a business woman (Erika Sawajiri) who suddenly dies. As a child, Kimiko Tominokoji grew up in a poor family. With the bubble boom of the Japanese economy, Kimiko Tominokoji gains extreme wealth through the years. Right before the collapse of the bubble economy, Kimiko Tominokoji dies. In her life, she has relationships with three men at the same time. When she got pregnant, she told each of the three men about the pregnancy. Even though Kimiko toyed with the men, the men could not turn her away due to her attraction.
About Her Brother
Description : In Tokyo, on a corner exists Takano Pharmacy. The owner is widow Ginko Takano (Sayuri Yoshinaga) who lost her husband a long time ago. Ginko has one daughter named Koharu (Yu Aoi) who lives with her, and also living with them is Ginko's mother-in-law Kinuo (Haruko Kato). Ginko's daughter Koharu is engaged to an elite doctor. The day before the wedding, Ginko receives a wedding invitation that she mailed to her younger brother. The invitation was returned to sender. In Osaka, Ginko's younger brother Tetsuro (Tsurube Shofukutei) works as an actor and is an alcoholic. Tetsuro has been estranged from the family since he made a drunken scene at Ginko's husband's 13th death anniversary. On the day of the wedding the mother-in-law is thankful that Tetsuro did not arrive. Ginko's older brother Shohei (Nenji Kobayashi) feels proud when Koharu states "...thank you for raising me." The atmosphere at the wedding is warm and calm, but later turns darker. Tetsuro, dressed in clean clothes, arrives at the wedding sweating. Shohei tells his younger brother "Please don't drink today." But, Tetsuro cannot help himself. With other young people at the wedding, Tetsuro starts drinking. Later, Tetsuro grabs the microphone and rambles incoherently. He then starts singing and knocks things over. Shohei can hear the groom's parents disproving comments. Shohei then tells them, "I will cut off all relations with Tetsuro ..."
Description : Set sometime in the near future, Attorney Phoenix Wright (Hiroki Narimiya) goes up against childhood friend and now top prosector Miles Edgeworth (Takumi Saito) over the guilt or innocence of client Maya Fey (Mirei Kiritani). The legal system allows for only 3 days of trial before the judge makes a decision. Intense pressure mounts on both sides as both men must use their power of persuasion and presentation to sway the judge. After the trial, Attorney Phoenix Wright learns that Miles Edgeworth himself has been arrested for murder. Phoenix Wright decides to defend his longtime friend and learns that his opponent is none other than Von Karma (Ryo Ishibashi). Von Karma is a legendary prosecutor who has never lost a court case in over 40 years of work! Meanwhile, a 15-year-old mystery is about to be solved by Attorney Phoenix Wright ...
Description : A young milktoast car rental company driver named Satoru Suzuki (Masanobu Ando) and a mousy nurse named Shizuko Sato (Hikari Ishida) are both in dire need of a confidence boost. Through a string of unbelievable events they meet and then fall into a wealth of yakuza money. They are chased by the monstrous yakuza as well as his stooge like young henchmen.
Description : A tale of greed, honour and revenge amongst the yakuza, Agitator concerns an executive from the Tenseikai Syndicate attempting to gain power by arranging for two smaller rival gangs - the Shirane and Yokomizo - to unite under his name. A complex story involving the machinations of the older yakuza executives in their quest for power, the film mainly focuses on Kenzaki Kunihiko, the charismatic leader of a gang that makes up one part of the Yokomizo family. As he deals with the fallout from the executives' plans of assassinations and betrayals, could he show that the younger punks of the yakuza have more honour and loyalty than the older men whom they follow?